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The Open High Streets: Transforming Places Through Heritage Programme 

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The Architectural Heritage Fund, Heritage Trust Network and Locality are delighted to present Open High Streets – Transforming Places Through Heritage, a three-year programme of capacity building workshops to support historic high streets projects that launched in 2020.  

The much-publicised decline of retail in local High Streets is resulting in a growing number of vacant buildings. Places now need to reimagine and understand their function and what draws people and communities back into town centres. The England-wide programme is part of the Architectural Heritage Fund’s Transforming Places Through Heritage initiative and sits within the Government’s overall £3.6 billion of high streets funding. 

Get involved in the programme to: 

✔️ learn from real-life success stories and best practice 

✔️receive the advice and support you need to get your project off the ground 

✔️discover which heritage, community, and social enterprise funding is available and how to apply 

✔️gain insight from experts 

✔️connect with like-minded people involved in similar projects 

✔️become part of a peer network 

Events are FREE for Heritage Trust Network and Locality members.  

Membership of the Heritage Trust Network starts at £75 with a free package for start-ups. Heritage Trust Network is the UK’s umbrella organisation for not-for-profits that are rescuing, restoring and managing historic buildings, structures and places.

Membership of Locality starts at £250 + VAT per year for community organisations. Locality is England’s membership network for community organisations that bring local people together to meet local needs. We give you exclusive access to a range of peer-learning opportunities, plus advice and training from sector experts. We press decision makers for change and get your voice heard.

The focus of the three-year programme has been to support, help and develop groups to deliver projects that restore and re-purpose historic buildings with sustainable new uses – to revitalise our high streets and town centres and strengthen our communities. Reusing historic buildings and increasing the diversity and volume of activities in our town centres will also be a significant means of adapting how we live in response to the climate emergency.

The events also form part of the Heritage Trust Network’s project: Unlocking the Power of Communities, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Thank you to National Lottery players for supporting community and heritage good causes.

Concessions may be available for some groups. Contact us at for more details. 

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